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Arthritis being dismissed – GPs

Arthritis being dismissed – GPs

Thousands of men and women are dismissing chronic pain as part of “getting old”, according to doctors.

They are fighting to raise awareness of arthritis to try to persuade patients to get early help for the condition.

The disease – which affects mainly the joints in the body – can lead to disability and deformity and in some cases can lead to increased risk of heart disease.

The two most common forms of the disease are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which affect the joints.

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